Your MRI Appointment – What to Expect

What to ExpectWhen you arrive at MRI of New Britain, you will be greeted by one of our friendly representatives, who will:

  • verify your name
  • ask to make a copy of your insurance card(s)
  • process your co-payment (if applicable)
  • ask you to completed and sign the registration forms.  

One of our highly skilled MRI technologists will greet you next and escort you to private interview area to fully explain all aspects of the MRI process and review your medical history.  Please inform the MRI technologist is you have any metal objects within your head and body or have any of the following:

  • pacemaker
  • surgery for an aneurysm
  • ear prosthesis or ear implant
  • implanted electrodes for pain control or seizures
  • pregnancy
  • weigh over 550 pounds
  • work with metal, possible metal flakes in eyes
  • metal implants or shrapnel

The MRI technologist will also ask you to remove any metal objects such as jewelry, watches, belts, hearing aids, and credit cards before you enter the examination area. Although lockers are available,  it may be easier to leave these types of items at home

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Once the interview is complete, the technologist will accompany you to the scan room and position you comfortably on a padded table that slides in front of the scanner. You will lie on your back with your head in a headrest or pillow. Once the scanning begins, you will hear a sort of bumping or knocking noise and a hum. These sounds are normal. The MRI technologist will communicate with you through out the MRI and will keep you informed about the status of the procedure and is available at all times. The exam will take approximately twenty to forty minutes and it is important that you lie quietly, in a relaxed position. Some people even go to sleep. When the exam is complete, the MRI technologist will assist you.

Please note that in some cases, your health provider may request a contrast (imaging enhancement) agent. This is a fluid injected into a vein in your arm. It helps to make the details in MRI images clearer and is a standard for some types of MRI scans.

After your MRI study is completed, the MRI technologist will review the images to ensure diagnostic quality. If quality is acceptable, you can leave. If more images are needed, they will usually be taken right away. The study results will be sent to your Medical Provider, who will discuss the results with you.

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